Mavis Enderby

Mavis Enderby is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, 4.5 miles (7 km) east from Horncastle.

Mavis Enderby
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Church of St Michael, Mavis Enderby
Mavis Enderby is located in Lincolnshire
Mavis Enderby
Mavis Enderby
Location within Lincolnshire
OS grid referenceTF361663
• London115 mi (185 km) S
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSpilsby
Postcode districtPE23
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°10′37″N 0°02′08″E / 53.177043°N 0.035595°E / 53.177043; 0.035595Coordinates: 53°10′37″N 0°02′08″E / 53.177043°N 0.035595°E / 53.177043; 0.035595


An early reference may be seen in 1349, when both parts of the name appear to end in "by", i.e. Maleby Senderby [1] A later spelling, 1430, may be "Malvyssh Enderby"[2]

Literary referencesEdit

Mavis Enderby had a peal of bells named after it, called The Brides of Enderby,[3] which is mentioned in Jean Ingelow's poem The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire 1571: in the poem the ringing of the Enderby bells is the generally recognised signal of approaching danger to the neighbouring countryside: "Came down that kindly message free, the Brides of Mavis Enderby".

An extract from the poem is at the head of Rudyard Kipling's short story, At the Pit's Mouth.[4]

Douglas Adams used the name "Mavis Enderby" in his spoof The Meaning of Liff dictionary "of things that there aren't any words for yet". Adams assigned meanings to placenames based on what he imagined them to mean, Mavis Enderby becoming "The almost-completely-forgotten girlfriend from your distant past for whom your wife has a completely irrational jealousy and hatred".

St Michael's ChurchEdit

The "Mavis Enderby Angel" above the entrance porch doorway

The parish church is dedicated to St Michael. Dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, the church was restored by James Fowler in 1875. The tower was rebuilt by C. Hodgson Fowler in 1894. The exterior is of squared greenstone rubble, with limestone ashlar dressings. It has Welsh and Westmorland slate roofs with decorative tiled ridges. The church interior comprises a nave, western tower, south aisle and porch, and a chancel. At the threshold of west door to the tower is set part of a coped or round-topped 11th century Saxon grave slab, possibly placed here in 1894. The churchyard has the remains of a 14th-century churchyard cross.[5]

In the porch is a Norman pillar piscina, a stone basin for draining water used in the rinsing of the chalice. The churchyard has a sundial erected by a former rector.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; CP 40/357; ; 5th entry, end of line 1
  2. ^ The defendant lives in Malvyssh Enderby. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 677; 4th entry in
  3. ^ "The Brides of Enderby" Archived 17 February 2005 at the Wayback Machine; Retrieved 30 April 2012
  4. ^ "At the Pit's Mouth - from Under the Deodars". Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Michael (354049)". PastScape. Retrieved 28 November 2009.

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